Website FAQ

After a year of research, design, development and content creation we launched a brand new website for UKCP in December 2020. 

Here we highlight some of the changes we have made, offer answers for common questions, and explain how to let us know if something isn't working.

The previous website design and platform did not serve UKCP’s many different online audiences as well as it could do, and in some cases not at all. In particular:

  • Find A Therapist was confusing and overwhelming for potential clients to use
  • Potential students and trainees struggled to find clear information about how to become a UKCP accredited psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor
  • Even though our core aim as an organisation is to promote psychotherapy, the site offered very little accessible content about what psychotherapy is, how it works, how to choose a therapist etc
  • UKCP members found it difficult to locate important information and resources on the site
  • The website design had become dated, and didn’t adequately reflect UKCP’s reputation for quality and expertise
  • UKCP staff had little control over how content was displayed and organised on the site.

Please see our full list of features and improvements we've introduced below, but essentially, we have:

  • Redesigned Find A Therapist to make it easier to use for people seeking therapy so it's more effective in generating referrals for our members
  • Improved site structure and navigation so that visitors can move around the site and find what they need more easily
  • Created clear user journeys and expanded the content we offer for the two largest groups of people who come to the site: people seeking therapy and people who are interested in becoming a psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor
  • Made it easier and faster for Colleges and member organisations to update information about their work on the site
  • Moved to a more secure and flexible content management system which will give UKCP greater control over how our content is structured and laid out.
  • In-depth interviews and usability testing with members of the public both with and without prior experience of therapy
  • Survey of members of the public about their needs, expectations and concerns around remote therapy (in response to COVID-19)
  • In-depth interviews and usability testing with professional audiences including teachers, social workers, healthcare and HR professionals
  • In-depth interviews and usability testing with existing UKCP members
  • Survey of journalists, academics, and policy professionals
  • ‘MoSCoW’ workshop with College representatives and discussion with member organisation representatives to understand needs and concerns
  • Team by team discussions with UKCP staff about stakeholder needs and priorities
  • Keyword research to identify common Google search queries used by people seeking therapy or psychotherapy training
  • Competitor analysis and design review, reviewing the websites of other organisations and directories in the same sector and further afield.

Our digital partner was Wattle, who were appointed following a tender process at the end of 2019. The project was managed by the Content and Engagement Lead, and delivered with the support of a Project Team made up of staff from several departments. A Steering Group for the project was composed of UKCP leadership plus representatives from organisational members and colleges.

When you join UKCP as a full-clinical member your profile is automatically generated for you if opt in to feature on Find a Therapist. This profile will contain very basic information such as your name and modality. 

If you’d like to take advantage of some of the features we’ve introduced, you can update your profile now, or at any time. 

Login to your members area to update your Find a Therapist profile. You can view our guide to updating your Find A Therapist profile for full instructions.

When moving to a new website with a different structure it's sadly inevitable that some old links will no longer work. To try and minimise disruption we set up redirects for the top 100 pages at which people arrive at the site, but sadly we couldn't catch everything. We're sorry for the inconvenience. 

Almost all of the content from the old UKCP site has been migrated over to the new one, so what you're looking for is probably still here, just in a different place.

Please try using our site search, which you can access by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top of every page. Or you can try browsing the site using the menus at the top of every page, and on the left hand side of most pages. 

If you're really stuck, email us at and we will try to find what you're looking for.

This could be for several reasons:

  • If you are looking for something in particular on our website but can't find it, please try the site search. If you still can’t find it, please contact with exactly what you are looking for and we will try to help.


  • The code used to build a website is very complex, and there can be errors and glitches that arise. These are called ‘bugs’ and we would welcome your help in identifying exactly where and what they are so that we can address them. Please see below for how to do this.


  • To help futureproof our new website, it has been designed to work best in the most recent and most common operating systems, web browsers, and mobile devices. However, we’ve tried to make sure it also works well with older systems, browsers and devices wherever possible. If you find the website doesn’t look right, you can let us know the details by following the steps below and we will try to fix the issue. But switching to a different browser, updating your browser, or updating your operating system to the latest version may help as well. Using the most up to date software is important for security as well as ensuring the best browsing experience.

There are always some bugs and glitches when a new website launches and it would really help us if you could let us know if you find something that doesn’t seem to be working as it should.

Please email us at with a full description of what’s happening, and a link to the relevant page.

If you can include a screen capture so that we can see exactly what you see, as well as details about whether you’re on a Mac or a PC and what internet browser you’re using, that will help us find out what’s going on more quickly.


New features and improvements on UKCP’s website

Find A Therapist

  • Added simple Find A Therapist (FAT) search to homepage so that people can start searching as soon as they land
  • FAT available as both a simple and an advanced search to make it less overwhelming and reduce the cognitive burden on users feeling they need to understand what all the different fields mean
  • Added keyword search which will pick up key words and phrases from therapist’s profiles
  • Added option to filter results by College
  • Added basic therapist profile summaries to search results to help potential clients browse results more easily
  • Added option to search for in-person or remote therapy
  • Added option to filter results by wheelchair accessible venues
  • List of therapists randomised at each new browser session for fairness when no search terms entered
  • Location search refined, results within a single postcode are randomised at each new browser session for fairness (where no other search terms or filters apply)
  • Option to choose a type of therapy is still available to people who have the specialist knowledge to understand it, but it has been moved so that it won’t distract or overwhelm people who haven’t.

For the general public and potential clients

  • New user friendly Find A Therapist tool
  • Expanded and updated information about psychotherapy to support people taking the step to speak to a professional and make sure they find the right therapist for them
  • Information about different types of therapy rewritten to be more accessible
  • UKCP’s code of conduct and ethics explained in an engaging and accessible way
  • New clear and contemporary visual design
  • New consistent image style featuring more human faces and greater diversity of models.

For existing UKCP members

  • Improved Find A Therapist profiles, designed using insights from research with prospective clients
  • New ‘one stop shop’ membership homepage collecting key content for members in one easy to find area of the site
  • User friendly standards, guidance, and policies section, including both UKCP and College level resources clearly organised
  • Re-designed College pages to better showcase College content
  • Colleges and Organisational Members will be able to update the information on their pages quickly and easily (with UKCP communications approval).

For people interested in becoming a psychotherapist

  • New section ‘Psychotherapy training’ providing clear pathway from main navigation to help people find the information they need
  • New content about psychotherapy as a career
  • Roadmap clearly explaining how to become a qualified UKCP psychotherapist
  • Case studies of existing UKCP members
  • New streamlined and updated directory of organisations providing training and accreditation, all in one place rather than scattered across five different pages
  • Expanded and updated information about different modalities, with Colleges clearly signposted
  • Expanded and updated College pages and organisational member profiles.

For people and organisations interested in joining UKCP

  • Section reorganised and streamlined, condensing content from 14 different pages into eight
  • Join online button integrated into all relevant pages
  • Updated and improved copy outlining membership benefits for each category.

For journalists, policy makers, and researchers

For staff

  • Greater flexibility: we can now add, remove, move, or edit menu items and change page layouts including the homepage
  • New public and trainee focused content developed using SEO tactics to improve profile and visibility.

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